NEW VENUE FOR THE NEW SEASON
The Surrey & Hampshire Championship will have a new venue in Season 2013-14 - Rokeby School Sports Ground. The Tournament will take place on Friday 27th September, also with an earlier kick-off time, 1.00 pm, in response to comments received from schools last season.
The Rokeby Sports Ground is just of the A3 and can be found at Old Worcester Park, KT4 7QB. For a map, please click here. There will be parking on-site for minibuses and officials only. Spectators just use Worcester Park Road and adjoining roads and walk up to the grounds which will be signposted. Tea and coffee will be available for spectators.
Portsmouth Grammar School produced a consistently excellent performance at the Surrey & Hampshire Championship to become regional champions.
Picture courtesy of RWT Photography For further pictures of this tournament, go to www.rwt-photography.co.uk
Portsmouth GS defeated The Hawthorns in The Final but both schools will qualify for the National Finals as this was one of the larger regional tournaments.
The Hawthorns were forced to surrender top spot in their qualifying group to Hoe Bridge, to whom they lost their final match 2-0. However, these were clearly the two outstanding teams of this group. In Group B, Portsmouth looked comfortable from the start, winning their early matches and being in a position to drop points later on. Rokeby narrowly pipped Lanesborough to second place with a victory in their final match. In Group C Twyford Prep and St. Andrew’s both won three of their four matches.
Lanesborough and Shrewsbury House also qualified for the quarter-finals as the third placed teams with the best records and Shrewsbury House nearly pulled off a shock, holding the impressive Portsmouth Grammar School to a goalless draw but going out in the penalty shoot-out. It was perhaps the shock that Portsmouth needed as they romped to a 5-0 victory in their semi-final against a Hoe Bridge side that had enjoyed almost non-stop success until that point.
Meanwhile The Hawthorns had perhaps benefited from finishing second in their group, progressing “under the radar” with a quarter-final victory over St. Andrew’s (2-0) and a semi-final win over Rokeby 1-0.
Portsmouth were most people’s tip for the Final but The Hawthorns gave them a real run for their money. 0-0 at full time, all the drama took place in extra-time. Giorgio Dellesite gave Portsmouth the lead but almost immediately The Hawthorns were awarded a penalty for handball and Jack Linscer scored from the spot. A draw and a penalty shoot-out looked inevitable but then, with the very last action of the match, a shot was blocked by The Hawthorns’ goalkeeper and William Doyle was on hand to head the ball ovser the line and clinch victory for Portsmouth Grammar School.
Pictures are courtesy of RWT Photography For further pictures of this tournament, go to www.rwt-photography.co.uk
GROUP A: Hoe Bridge 2 Sherborne House 1; Oakwood 2 The Hawthorns 3; Prince’s Mead 1 Cumnor House 0; Hoe Bridge 3 Oakwood 1; Prince’s Mead 3 Sherborne House 0; Cumnor House 1 The Hawthorns 2; Hoe Bridge 4 Prince’s Mead 0; Cumnor House 3 Oakwood 0; The Hawthorns 2 Sherborne House 1; Hoe Bridge 1 Cumnor House 1; The Hawthorns 3 Prince’s Mead 0; Sherborne House 1 Oakwood 2; Hoe Bridge 2 The Hawthorns 0; Sherborne House 0 Cumnor House 1; Prince’s Mead 0 Oakwood 1
1 Hoe Bridge; 2 The Hawthorns; 3 Cumnor House; 4 Oakwood; 5 Sherborne House; 6 Prince’s Mead
GROUP B: Ryde Junior 0 Hordle Walhampton 1; Lanesborough 1 Cranleigh Prep 1; Portsmouth GS 1 Rokeby 0; Ryde Junior 0 Lanesborough 0; Portsmouth GS 4 Hordle Walhampton 1; Rokeby 3 Cranleigh Prep 0; Ryde Junior 1 Portsmouth GS 1; Rokeby 1 Lanesborough 2; Cranleigh Prep 3 Hordle Walhampton 1; Ryde Junior 1 Rokeby 3; Cranleigh Prep 1 Portsmouth GS 1; Hordle Walhampton 0 Lanesborough 2; Ryde Junior 2 Cranleigh Prep 3; Hordle Walhampton 0 Rokeby 2; Portsmouth GS 1 Lanesborough 0
1 Portsmouth GS; 2 Rokeby; 3 Lanesborough; 4 Cranleigh Prep; 5 Hordle Walhampton; 6 Ryde Junior
GROUP C: Amesbury 0 Shrewsbury House 1; St. John’s College 0 Twyford Prep 1; Amesbury 2 St. John’s College 0; St. Andrew’s 1 Shrewsbury House 0; Amesbury 1 St. Andrew’s 2; Twyford Prep 1 Shrewsbury House 1; Shrewsbury House 1 St. John’s College 0; Twyford Prep 1 St. Andrew’s 0; Amesbury 0 Twyford Prep 3; St. Andrew’s 2 St. John’s College 0
1 Twyford Prep; 2 St. Andrew’s; 3 Shrewsbury House; 4 Amesbury; 5 St. John’s College
QUARTER-FINALS: Hoe Bridge 2 Lanesborough 0: Portsmouth GS 0 Shrewsbury House 0 (PGS won on pens); Twyford Prep 0 Rokeby 2; St. Andrew’s 0 The Hawthorns.
SEMI-FINALS: Hoe Bridge 0 Portsmouth GS 5; Rokeby 0 The Hawthorns 1
FINAL: Portsmouth GS 2 The Hawthorns 1 after extra-time
Both Portsmouth Grammar School and The Hawthorns qualify for the National Finals